DIPLOMACY: The Summit: A World at the Crossroads

THE medieval towers of the Kremlin are topped by glowing red stars, which symbolize the deep underlying continuity of Russian power. This week, barring some wholly unexpected disaster, the Stars and Stripes will fly for the first time above the crenelated ramparts of the fortress complex. For six days, Richard and Pat Nixon will reside in the Kremlin's 17th century Terem Palace, surrounded by the shimmering splendor that once was Imperial Russia.

In terms of political drama, there was a stronger sense of excitement about the President's six-day visit to China last...

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